Winter Watch - Support to Help Vulnerable Residents Stay Warm this Winter
Health authorities estimate around 80 people in Reading die as a direct result of living in cold homes during the winter. Very often these are older people whose homes either need minor repairs to protect against the cold or who struggle to pay heating bills. In some cases putting in a few small energy efficiency measures in their homes would make all the difference. Last year the campaign provided support to more than 800 households in Reading.
Winter Watch offers advice and help to older people, people with disabilities or long term health conditions and families with very young children whose health and well being is most at risk because their homes are cold and damp. This includes:
- a home energy check and advice on how to keep warm and healthy
- encouraging people take up the grants available (ECO) to improve the insulation and heating in their homes
- helping people get minor repairs carried out to their homes to stop draughts and protect them from the cold and emergency heating when possible
Winter Watch is provided by the Council in partnership with local voluntary and health services to ensure that you get the help and advice you need as a matter of urgency.
If you, or someone you know is struggling to keep warm this winter please contact Adult Social Care Services (number below) URGENTLY for advice.
We also encourage other residents who are struggling to cope with their energy bills to seek help from independent agencies such as the Reading Citizens Advice Bureau and mention the Winter Watch Project.
Keep Well and Warm this Winter
For advice on staying warm and well this winter visit the NHS Choices website.
Reading Borough Council does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of the links or services below. Please note: when you follow these links you will leave this site.
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